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Harvest Report 2007: A Look at Sonoma County


Last week, representatives from the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma County Tourism Bureau converged on New York City to update the media and trade on the 2007 harvest.
In a rare opportunity, wine grapes had been flown in for the occasion, giving participants the chance to taste several different varieties. All of […]

My Favorite Halloween Wine


That’s right… Halloween wine!
We all have guilty pleasures, those things we like that we don’t really want people to know we like. Examples could be a 45 year old truck driver that secretly listens to Ashlee Simpson CDs while on the road, or a vegetarian that goes to the next town to buy bacon once […]

New Release from the Beaucanon Estate


The Beaucanon Estate has just announced the release of their 2007 Sauvignon Blanc, a ”mineral wine with blends of citrus, floral aromas and of tropical passion fruit, mango and kiwi flavors.”  This newest wine in their collection was produced at their estate in Napa Valley, using grapes grown right on the hillside at the High Valley […]

Napa Valley and Terroir


I attended a great seminar last week run by the Napa Valley Vintners Association and organised by the Institute of Masters of Wine. It was entitled Napa Valley terroir. Now terroir is something us European wine lovers are led to believe is an Old World concept shunned by some parts of the New World. This […]

What’s in a Name? Another New AVA Proposed in CA


As Shakespeare asked, “What’s in a name? Would a rose by any other name still smell as sweet?” Or, more to the point, would a wine labeled by any other AVA still smell (and taste) as wonderful?
An AVA (American Viticultural Area) is a delimited, geographic region used to designate wine regions within the United States. […]

Let’s put the Oh! in Organic! And Rousanne! And Marsanne..err.. o.


Ok, two out of three ain’t that bad. Unless, of course, you’re counting failures and not successes. In which case, you’re pretty bad.
But that’s a bit tangential, which, I’m sure, if you’ve read me before, you know is par for the course.
And, if you’ve read me before, you know my hatred for white wines, a […]

Roussanne Blends From Paso Robles


When this month’s Great Grape was declared as Roussanne and Marsanne, I knew I would have a small sample to choose from.  These 2 grapes originate from the Rhône Valley in France.  Neither grape is particulaly easy for winemakers to grow and use in making wine.  Both are usually blended with each other or other […]

Forchini’s 2004 Zinfandel Proprietor’s Reserve: A Zin-fully Delicious Treat


Frank’s back from his road trip and it was an undisputed success. In fact, he’s still raving about the wineries, the people, and the climate. Now I just need to get him to apply fingers to keyboard… not that I’m hinting you understand.
Meanwhile, though, there’s one story that already has a sequel, hopefully the first […]

Dashe Cellars 2004 & 2005 Zinfandel Vertical Tasting


I thought for this post I would try a mini vertical of some highly acclaimed Zinfandel from the Dry Creek Valley in California. I personally think that the Dry Creek Valley is one of the premier Zinfandel growing regions in the world. Saturday night we tried the Dashe Cellars 2004 Dry Creek Zinfandel and […]

Rosé… You don’t have to drink up the red wine…


Apologies to Sting and the Police…
Another Great Grape Day, another wine I don’t usually drink.
We hear from our wonderful litre….err.. leader middle of the month, letting us know what we have to look forward to, and look forward we do. Well, I do. Can’t speak for the others.
When I heard our mission this month was […]